January 10th, 2017

TOS Rewatch

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: "The Infinite Vulcan"

It's the attack of the 50-foot Vulcan! Spock gets yuuuuuuuuuuge in Walter Koenig's sole contribution to the animated series, as the TOS Rewatch encounters "The Infinite Vulcan."

An excerpt:
This is a very ambitious episode, with a lot of really nifty ideas, and some rather heavy plot elements. It’s pretty impressive for a 1970s Saturday morning cartoon to show us a room full of corpses, though the censors probably didn’t blink because they were plants. The notion of sentient ambulatory plants is a fun one, though not as much is done with it as one might hope, and the design is nicely alien, continuing the work the animated series has done from jump in giving us truly alien designs. And given that Spock has been regularly shown to be a kind of superman, the idea that Keniclius views him as a perfect base for a clone army of telepathic soldiers with the strength of a Vulcan and the passion of a human is actually a really clever extrapolation of how Spock has been portrayed. I like that the script acknowledges something that Star Trek in general has ignored repeatedly, which is the very real possibility of bacterial contamination of the strange new worlds they visit. And it’s good to see so much contributed to the story by Uhura and especially Sulu. (The ending cracks me up every time, though I could live without the oh-so-70s wink at the camera.)
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alien spotlight

ten best Star Trek comics stories, including one of mine!

Well, this is cool -- Rich Handley over at Hero Collector has provided the ten best Star Trek comics stories/runs over the decades, and one of the items listed is the Alien Spotlight series of one-shots, to which I contributed the "Klingon" issue (ably abetted by the mighty JK Woodward).

There's also work here by my buddies Glenn Greenberg (the excellent Untold Voyages miniseries), Peter David (his Star Trek Annual about Scotty's marriage, which was a highlight of Peter's excellent Trek comics work), Chris Claremont (Debt of Honor), Michael Jan Friedman ("The Worst of Both Worlds" from DC's TNG comic), and Mike W. Barr (the Mirror Universe story from DC's first run), among others. Check it out!

Money quote:
If you've ever wanted to know more about Andorians, the Borg, Cardassians, Gorns, Klingons, Orions, the Q, Romulans, Vulcans, or even tribbles, this series is a must-read. Alien Spotlight features stories set throughout the timeline, involving Pike's, Kirk's, Picard's, and Sisko's crews, from multiple writer-artist teams including fan-favorites Scott and David Tipton, John Byrne, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Ian Edginton, David Messina, J.K. Woodward and others.
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